On Sunday, relations between Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, Haas Formula One rookie team mates, reached a new low after the enraged German claimed the Russian wanted to defeat him at any costs.
When Mazepin vigorously defended against Schumacher who was attempting to pass at the Dutch Grand Prix, the two cars collided towards the end of the first lap.
Schumacher, who pitted for a new front wing, expressed confusion with Mazepin’s actions.
“It just feels like he’s got this thing in his head where he wants to be in front of me at all costs,” Michael Schumacher’s kid told Sky Sports television.
“That’s fine; I have nothing against it, but I believe it if we get to the point where we’re defending fiercely against a teammate who has nothing to lose, that’s not the proper approach.”
When asked if they could hash it out and come to an agreement, Schumacher said, “I don’t think so, to be honest.”
The Haas cars are the slowest on the grid, with the drivers only competing against each other, but Schumacher insisted that this was no excuse.
“It doesn’t justify him shoving me against the wall and essentially forcing me into the pitlane,” he stated.
On Saturday, the two were at odds after Mazepin alleged Schumacher had broken an agreement over who would go first in qualifying.
Mazepin retired due to a hydraulics failure and expressed disappointment at not being able to complete the race.
Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion who is attending as a Sky pundit, believes the Russian was too pushy.
“What occurred yesterday shouldn’t effect how you drive today, and if it does, you’re in the wrong sport because this is a deadly sport,” the Briton explained.
“If he wants to have a long career in Formula One, he needs to adjust his mindset, which is far too aggressive.” You can’t react like that to a scenario.”